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  • Writer's pictureKent Brandenburg

Eternal Murder

Jesus is in Jerusalem six months before His death, preaching to religious leaders. With compassion, Jesus warns them in John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him.” When you read that, you might ask, “When did the devil murder anyone at the beginning?”

The devil murdered the entire human race in the Garden of Eden when he tempted and caused Adam and Eve to sin. He killed everyone there. Hebrews 2:14 says that through Jesus’ death, He destroyed “him that hath the power of death, that is, the devil.” Satan utilized his power to kill everyone in the Garden of Eden. I write this for you to understand that killing someone spiritually is also murder.

Those who suffer hell forever will experience a worse death than physical death. Saving lives in the sense of eternal life then is superior to saving physical ones. Preaching a false gospel at least aids and abets the eternal murder of a soul, as Satan’s lies in the Garden. The ones he told dispatched people to Hell.

Still people go hurtling into eternal damnation at the deceiving offenses of men’s actions. That is an ominous outcome to life on earth, but it also affronts God. God created men for fellowship and this damning sin separates men from him. God will save them through Jesus Christ, but impeding that salvation works toward their eternal death. In light of the label of Satan, a murderer, those cooperating with him in any way stand as also responsible for spiritual and eternal murder.

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